Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Shell Helix Driven to Extremes on Astro Discovery Channel

My previous blog posts for SHELL Helix are always about contest and roadshows. Today I'm going to share with you an exciting 3-episode Shell Helix: Driven to Extremes adventure series.
SHELL has taken on one of the most forbidding places on the planet, the jungles of southern Malaysia in monsoon season, to put its motor oil, Shell Helix to the ultimate test.  Former Formula One racing driver Mika Salo, Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Adrien Brody and a couple of thrill seeking mechanics teamed up to undertake a journey across one of the most punishing and hostile terrains on earth in the third and final episode of Shell Helix Driven to Extremes, three-part television series, which airs on:
  • Discovery Channel (Astro Ch 551) 
  • Date: 27th March 2013.
SHELL commissioned Shell Helix Driven to Extremes to put its premium motor oil, Shell Helix, to the test in some of the coldest, hottest and roughest locations on earth. The severe rains and steep trail roads experienced in the third episode provided a perfect opportunity to test Shell Helix’s:
  • low viscosity
  • rapid flow
  • low friction properties on some of the roughest roads on the planet. 
The tropical monsoon conditions also tested the oil’s ability to operate efficiently with a heavy engine load for long periods, as the vehicle struggled through thick mud and water.
  Actor Adrien Brody crossing a river in the NIssan Patrol 
Mika Salo said, “What an experience with some of the best people and driving of my career. To see the effort that everyone put in to help us succeed was truly humbling.”
Adrien Brody added, “This was something different to anything I’ve ever done!
Actor Adrien Brody gets the winch ready after his NIssan Patrol got stuck in thick mud.
Alongside Salo, Brody’s role was to co-drive the pair’s Nissan Patrol as they travelled across the rainforest of southern Malaysia. And in the middle of an unusually torrid rainy season, conditions were harsh and unforgiving. The team journeyed along the Ulu Sedili Trail, tackling slippery roads, dangerous insects, swollen rivers, and fallen trees, before reaching their destination - Kampong Peta at the fringe of the Endau Rompin National Park.
Adrien Brody trying to get some rambutans with a slingshot at an orang asli village.
Throughout the journey, the Nissan Patrol was exclusively filled with Shell Helix fully synthetic motor oil, which removes up to five times more dirt and sludge, protects the engine up to three times better, and reduces up to twice as much engine wear as a normal mineral oil.
  In the vast Taklamakan Desert, China
Expedition mechanic and former rally driver Paul Marsh said, “Shell Helix has gone from the freezing -60°C Siberian conditions experienced in episode one in Russia to the blistering over +50°C heat of the ‘Desert of Death’ in China during episode two. In this third and final programme, the oil kept the engine running in the extremely wet tropical jungles of southern Malaysia. That’s pretty impressive.
Expedition leader and former Royal Marine Mac MacKenney added, “Jungle terrain is highly dangerous, so this expedition was at the mercy of one of the most inhospitable environments known to man or machine.
At one point, the rains washed our original route away so we were going in blind. For us this was to be the real test. This was pure combat - the team and the vehicles against the jungle.”
Ex-superbike champion Neil Hodgson (left) and Hollywood actor Henry Cavill in China.
The secret behind Shell Helix’s ability to perform effectively and consistently in extreme conditions is the rapid lubrication it provides to vital engine components. Shell Helix also works to protect against the build-up of deposits, keeping the engine clean and preventing it from overheating, even under extreme conditions.
To find out how Mika Salo, Adrien Brody and Shell Helix performed in the punishing terrain of the rainforest of southern Malaysia, tune in to Discovery Channel on March 27, 2013 to watch the third episode. You can also log on to the Shell Helix Driven to Extremes YouTube channel ( to find exclusive behind-the-scenes content from all three episodes of the series.

Three-part television series of Shell Helix Driven to Extreme:
1st Episode: 13th March 2013
  • saw Hollywood actor Tom Hardy and former Formula One racing driver Mika Salo face temperatures as low as -60°C as they drove along the ‘Road of Bones’ in Siberia, Russia, to one of the coldest inhabited places on earth, Oymyakon.
2nd Episode: 20th March 2013 
  • Hollywood actor Henry Cavill and former Superbike champion Neil Hodgson tackled the hottest driving conditions on the planet in the ‘Desert of Death’ in China, experiencing blistering over +40°C heat as they journeyed from Hami to Urumqi, the farthest city from any ocean. 
3rd Episode: 27th March 2013
  • the most exciting and last episode featuring Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody and ex-F1 driver Mika Salo taking on the jungles of Ulu Sedili, Johor.

Here are the opportunity to embed some of the behind-the-scene videos on your side and Facebook page from now leading up to the screening day.





HenRy LeE said...

i wish i could just leave whatever im doing and follow the expedition!

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